Friday, April 09, 2010

sew & tell - march and april bee blocks

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Oh, I had such high expectations for this week.  SO many things I wanted to get finished - sewing projects, organizing projects, cleaning projects...  But well, I only really got a TON of laundry finished (still need to fold some) and basically just survived the week.  My kids were both sick and then I came down with a severe case of hay fever.  Which pretty much knocks me out.  Good thing my midwife told me today that I can take Claritin!  And is it really non-drowsy? Because I promptly took a two hour nap as soon as I got home.

So I'm hoping to get to work on the baby quilt some more this next week, and I have grand plans to buy more fabric for other bedding coordinated things.  I can't wait!

I needed to get Dana's block done for my virtual quilting bee for March.  She asked for traditional stars and sent out some gorgeous Anna Maria Horner prints.  I knew I wanted to do an Ohio star, but I was worried about cutting the pieces out wrong and then running out of fabric.  So after I got over my procrastination, I ended up with this:

And I really, really like it!  I'm excited to see all the blocks put together.  It's going to be gorgeous.  This is the tutorial I used, but I tweaked some of the fabric placements.

For April, Amber asked us to help her do scrappy dresden plate blocks.  She did all of the cutting for us - I know!  How nice!!!  I realized I procrastinate a lot of projects on the cutting alone.  If all I had to do was sew, I'd be SO productive!
I loved how easy this was to put together (even though it looks hard).  She also just let us topstitch everything down and not worry about raw edges on the circle.  I just love it.   The tutorial was REALLY easy to follow.

Oh yes, there's one more little project that I've been working on.  Someone showed me this post a LONG time ago, and I knew I wanted to use the same idea to get my ribbon under control.  The problem was I couldn't find these kind of wooden clothespins.  Until last week! yay!  Now I have all my unruly (and huge) spools of ribbon tucked away in one small box.
Maybe one day I'll have enough room to put them all in cute glass candy jars like she did.  Although, I don't think I'll ever really NEED that much ribbon!  (this is obviously a mid-project shot.)

Can't wait to see what you've been doing this week!

Your turn!

Please refer to the sew & tell page if you have any questions or wonder why your link may have been deleted.
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25 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Mrs Moen said...

Great blocks, and I love the ribbon/clothespin idea. I believe I have some from IKEA; it would do wonders to my ribbon storage.

Dayna said...

I really love the clothespin idea! I'll have to try that.

Thank you for making this available. I'm excited to participate this time.

I hope that you and your children are feeling much better soon.

Have a great weekend!

Vickie said...

I LOVE your star block!!!! Great fabrics, too!

Rene' said...

Amy, both of those blocks are gorgeous!!! I will have to check out the dresden tutorial. Good idea with the ribbon. Will try that when I move. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Sandra said...

I absolutely live the fabric in the first block I would love to see how this turns out!

Karen said...

Great blocks Amy. I also sometimes suffer from the delay because too scared to cut syndrome. Then you cut the thing out and wonder what all the fuss is about. Hope you are feeling better and that baby is being kind to you.

Mary St. John Nielsen said...

Really need some Anna Maria fabric. I've seen toilet paper tubes used for rolling up prepared binding ... same great idea!

Lesly said...

Great looking blocks, I especially love the Ohio Star. And what about those clothespins! I don't have any ribbon OR clothespins, but those look so cute that I am seriously tempted to go get both! Thanks for sharing, Amy - hope all is going well.

Nicole said...

Oh, the guilt! How can I finish so much and yet both my March and April blocks aren't quite done. (I didn't have enough of that gray background fabric for Dana's. She sent me more, but it's still going to be close. Darnit!)

Excellent work - both of the bee blocks look perfect.

(I bought Bruge's waffles for our Saturday Conference breakfast last week. TO. DIE. FOR. They were amazing. Thanks.)

Dee said...

Hope you're feeling better soon!

The clothespin are just phenominal!

The bee blocks are gorgeous and your blog is always such a bright spot in the morning!

Terriaw said...

I love your bee blocks! I might have to try making a dresden block someday. That block is a great idea to have your bee friends help make. Good thing to keep in mind that Amber cut the pieces for you. (I don't like cutting either!)

Melissa said...

I love the second block - it reminds me of blocks from quilts that my maternal grandmother and great-grandmother made - even the fabrics!!

Tori said...

So excited to link up this week; I've been waiting to finish this project forever!

beth said...

Your quilt blocks are beautiful!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love your blocks. LOVE your fabric! Thanks for hosting Sew and Tell.

Michelle said...

I'm surprised you got anything done with sick kids. Both blocks are beautiful. I especially like the Dresden plate though. It's one of my favorite patterns.

annettesquilts said...

I sure do appreciate seeing others WIP.

Jen said...

I do like how those ribbon clothespins were kept in the big glass containers - very nice.

Busy Little Quilter said...

I hope you're feeling better!

Your blocks are beautiful. That was sweet of her to cut your dresden plate parts. I, too, would get more sewing done if everything was cut for me.

I have a lot of ribbon, too. I really love this idea.

Leslie said...

i love love love the ribbons on the clothespins...thanks for another week of sew and tell.

Kim said...

Your blocks are beautiful. I love the ribbon idea.

The Tripp Family said...

love that dresden block! and the topstitching idea, what a great look. Great ribbon idea too. Mine is tamed for now, but next time it gets unruly, I'll know what to do :) I've missed all you show n tell Friday ladies. I've been out of town, but now I'm back. Hope I get a chance to check out everyone's finishes tonight after the kiddos are sound asleep!

Laura said...

Love the star block! I will be on the lookout for the clothespins: such a great idea! I am new to blogging and I hope I did the linking correctly :).

Laura said...

Whoa, you have a midwife? Does tricare seriously cover that? I love that second square.

ivoryspring said...

Hi Amy,

I am in love with the Dresden plate block! Those fabrics are so pretty.
And your ribbons!!!! I am envious of your collection. :)

Thanks for your kind words on my Easter dress and the quilt. :)

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